Posts by Adam Summers
Adam Summers is a Research Fellow with the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute.
Economic Liberty Alleviates Poverty Better Than Any Government Program


As part of the SoCal Policy Forum, a project of the Southern California News Group (SCNG) and the University of California, Riverside, a number of other policy experts and I were invited to weigh in on the causes of, and solutions to, poverty. Below are my responses, which were recently published in the Orange…
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Blackouts and Monopolies: Public Utilities in California


Power outages have become a way of life for Californians this fire season. Pacific Gas and Electric cut the power to nearly 3 million residents in Northern and Central California in a preemptive attempt to minimize wildfire risk during high winds and dry conditions, and the fires that erupted in Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside,…
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More Freedom, Not More Government (or Persistent Blackouts), Needed to Fight Wildfires


To begin to truly solve the underlying problem, lawmakers and regulatory policymakers must recognize how government intervention has made things worse.

Thoughts on Housing Affordability and Homelessness in California


Improving housing affordability will significantly reduce homelessness, but it will not in itself solve the problem.

Making a Statement on Gun Control


While the boycott effort did succeed in convincing some businesses to abandon their corporate partnerships with the NRA, it also spurred a backlash that has seen a surge in membership at the NRA and other gun rights groups.

California Should Retire the Secure Choice Program Before It Begins


Properly planning, and saving for, one’s retirement is certainly a worthy goal, but, like many other things, it can become corrupted by heavy-handed government meddling. Last year, the Legislature, and Gov. Jerry Brown, enacted Senate Bill 1234, which establishes the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, a mandatory automatic retirement savings program administered by…
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